Epilepsy Research UK is delighted to announce funding for a further four projects, valued at £1.25 million as part of our annual research awards.

This year, the pandemic made us re-evaluate how we can best support research into epilepsy. In direct response to COVID, we funded three Innovations in Healthcare Projects and provided additional funds to research studies where laboratories were forced to close, or clinicians were redeployed to the frontline.

We determined that right now, building capacity in the research environment will have the greatest impact for people living with epilepsy in the future. That’s why this year we have awarded two Emerging Leader Fellowship Awards, one in collaboration with Young Epilepsy, which will support early-career scientists to develop into epilepsy research leaders. We have also invested in two Doctoral Training Centres, a new initiative that will support institutions to create ‘PhD hubs’ attracting young researchers to the field of epilepsy, facilitating further investment, and directly contributing to vital research.

Today’s investment means that 15 new studies will be taking place across the country, involving over 60 researchers including collaborators in Europe, the US and Australia. Epilepsy Research UK is now funding 58 research projects nationally.

Click on the projects below to read more about the research we are funding this year:

Throughout the week we will be putting the spotlight on each of these exciting projects. There will be videos, Research Blogs, and a special live Research Roundtable webinar on Thursday featuring all our newly awarded researchers.

Register for the Research Roundtable: 2021 Annual Research Awards

Find out what else we have planned this National Epilepsy Week here.

Register here to join us tomorrow for Coffee with Cronutt the Sea Lion, and register here for our special Hot Topics Webinar: The Facts on Cannabinoids & Epilepsy.


For anyone who missed last night’s Awards Ceremony, it was quite a spectacular occasion! Glamour, glitz, drama and incredible research projects alongside technology blunders and dreadful jokes… you name it – we had it. This is one Zoom webinar you’ll definitely want to watch!



Did you know, every week 600 people in the UK are given the life changing news they have epilepsy? This National Epilepsy Week, we’re asking if you would support vital research by taking on your own #6forthe600 challenge? All you need to do is think of an activity based around the number 6, 60 or even 600. Your challenge can be anything you want it to be, so get your thinking caps on! Find out more here.

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